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Deans' Weekly

Family and V Form College Weekend

Here on campus, I'm proud to report a continuous flow of positive energy and excitement. The week began with the new faculty installation at Tuesday's evening Chapel. Mr. Warren, Rev. Talcott, and the Monitors welcomed and installed our new faculty members. To learn more about the newest members of the St. Mark's adult community, select this link.

This afternoon, the School hosted its annual Club Fair, where students are able to create, sponsor, and participate in a variety of activities and organizations. To see footage from the fair, please follow us on Instagram or check out our photo galleries on Smugmug.

College Counseling News


Save the Date - Family Weekend & V Form College Weekend
Friday, Oct. 11 – Saturday. Oct. 12

Parents and guardians of current St. Markers, please join us for our annual Family Weekend & V Form College Weekend! This year we're integrating schedules for an enhanced parent experience.

You'll be able to attend advisor conferences, meet faculty, learn about Chapel, join informational sessions relevant to your student, socialize with fellow parents, hear Head of School John C. Warren '74 speak, cheer on our teams, and do so much more. See the preliminary schedule here.

The weekend kicks off Friday at 1:30 p.m. Families of color and Asian/Asian-American families, please join us at noon Friday for affinity luncheons.

Advanced registration begins Sept. 30 and is required. Detailed registration instructions will be emailed in the coming weeks.

For more information about Family Weekend email the Advancement Office at advancement@stmarksschool.org. Email Maria Galvin at mariagalvin@stmarksschool.org about the V Form College Weekend program.

Family Weekend Speaker: Dr. David Gleason, author of At What Cost?

Anxiety, depression, and their dangerous manifestations are increasing student conditions at many competitive high schools. Most of these schools promote themselves as being committed to students' holistic development in academics, athletics, and the arts, and in their personal, social, and emotional growth. So why are so many students struggling?

On Friday, October 11, at 3:00 p.m. in the Class of '45 Hall in the Putnam Family Arts Center, St. Mark's will present Dr. David Gleason, author of At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools. Dr. Gleason is a clinical psychologist who provides counseling and consulting services, as well as neuropsychological assessments, within public, independent and international schools. He presents workshops and seminars at schools and at conferences around the world.


EEE Update


As many of you know, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has raised the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) risk to "critical"—the highest risk category—in a number of towns, including Southborough.

As a result, all town-owned properties are currently closed between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. St. Mark's continues to monitor this situation very closely to ensure the safety of our community. Last week, all athletic fields and the Athletic Quad were sprayed with a plant-oil-based organic spray. We also provide shuttle service to West Campus every evening. Some evening events are being moved indoors, while others are being cancelled or rescheduled. We will continue to keep the community posted on any updates, including schedule adjustments.

For the latest information from the Town of Southborough, please visit:
https://www.southboroughtown.com/home/urgent-alerts/important-information-regarding-elevated-eee-risk-southborough

For the latest information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, please visit:
https://www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019#-latest-spray-updates-



Weekend Activities


Saturday, September 21: The highly anticipated Neon Dance will take place this Saturday night in the Lions' Den from 9:00-11:00 p.m.

A .PDF of all Weekend Activities can be accessed at this link.


Academic News


As discussed in New Family Orientation, as part of the transition experience, new students need to orient to St. Mark's expectations. In terms of academics, students are beginning to receive feedback (graded or non-graded). For some students, this feedback may be challenging, and they may reach out to process it with you. Please reinforce the message that part of the experience here means they will be "stretched," and they have all of the support needed to help them rise to the challenge. In particular, your student's advisor is a very helpful resource in connecting students to the many elements of our support network here at school.


From the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning


Interested in getting a glimpse at the learning happening at St. Mark's? All you need to do is jump on Twitter from any web-enabled device and check out our hashtag, #smlearns. Our School community is using Twitter to capture and share moments in and beyond the classroom, and to connect learning to research and current events from around the world. We invite St. Mark's students and families to join in the conversation!


Cum Laude News


Mr. Umiker announced the newest Inductees to the Cum Laude Society at School Meeting on Wednesday. Congratulations to the most recently added VI Formers to this prestigious academic society: Jack Griffin, Helen Huang, Sam Leslie, Aditya Mynampaty, Jason Park, Jenny Tang, and Lora Xie. Go St. Mark's!


Dean of Students Office News


Safety and Security at School: Please be sure to remind your child to use their room key and keycard. We are constantly reminding students to lock their rooms and use the lock drawer provided in their rooms for valuables. It is not necessary for students to have large amounts of cash or other valuables. Should students have valuable items in their rooms, they should be secured using the padlock provided by the Dean's Office. Putting your name on personal belongings (clothes, electronic, etc.) is also encouraged.

RAVE: Rave emergency electronic test notifications will happen next week. We have been downloading emergency numbers of parents, grandparents, guardians, etc. and will be sending out a test message. If you listed multiple emergency phone numbers, please be sure to reach out to those contacts and inform them that an emergency test message is headed their way. The mailing list for this newsletter and the contact list for emergency notifications are not the same. Getting the word out and giving a heads up to family, friends, and guardians on the emergency lists about the upcoming test would be a prudent thing to do so that they are not surprised or misinformed. Thank you.

Boardingware Student Sign In/Out: The academic year is underway, and life is busy. For that reason, we are sharing reminders about how to best communicate with St. Mark's regarding times when your child needs to be away from school.

Important Notes for Review:
  1. If you have not received this email invitation to Boardingware, please check your spam folder and then contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance. Returning families may use the same username and password from previous years.
  2. Please take a moment to review this Boardingware Reminders document.
  3. If your child needs to be away for medical reasons please contact Health Services directly at 508.786.6373.
  4. Please be sure to complete Overnight Permissions by 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. If it is necessary to request an overnight after the Friday 3:00 p.m. deadline, you must contact the Administrator on Duty at 508.380.8667.

Anytime a boarding student leaves campus in a car, even with parents or an advisor, we ask that students go through the proper sign out procedure. Students need to get permission from a faculty member to leave, check their riding permission status, and sign out properly using Boardingware. We truly appreciate your support in this matter. When in doubt, sign out!

If you are requesting special permission to miss a school commitment, we ask that you give us a number of days heads up to complete the process. All special permissions should be emailed to deanofstudents@stmarksschool.org or to Ms. Stacey Lee. Thank you for your help with these deadlines.


Admission News


Admission interviews will be starting up soon, and it is time to open up those calendars to see when you can come by to help out in the Admission Parlor. This requires NO TRAINING, just a SMILE!

Our goal is to have one or two parents in the parlor to talk about the School from a parent's point of view. It is a fun and easy way to build community and is greatly appreciated. We all remember being that nervous parent. Seeing a friendly smile, having someone who can talk about recent orientation, what our students are up to, and what we liked about the School when our kids were interviewing all add to the special community feeling for which St. Mark's is known.

Coverage is generally needed in two-hour blocks between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Email fellow parent Marisa Macri at marisamacri@comcast.net if you are available to help. She will be emailing volunteers throughout the admission season with information about when assistance is needed, along with the link to sign-up.

Volunteering with the Admission Office makes such a difference to the School and provides a great opportunity to feel engaged in our community. Thank you all in advance for your time, and see you in the parlor!


Wellness News


The Wellness Department will be sponsoring activities each X-block period designed to help reduce the stress of our St. Mark's community. Each day will have a different theme that allows every member living here to participate in person or in the comfort of a safe space.
  • Movement Monday will represent an opportunity for people to get out and move, helping to facilitate information processing and memory function.
  • Gratitude Tuesday, a prompt will be given by the Wellness Department and both students and faculty will have the option to write on a Gratitude Wall in the STEM Center.
  • Mindful Moment on Thursday will see us practicing meditation in the Crypt, allowing each person to take 20 minutes to themselves.
  • Lastly, on Friday will be a Healthy Plate Challenge, as the Wellness Department searches for and awards a gift card to the student that represents healthy eating at St. Mark's.


Chapel News


Blessing of the Animals
Students are invited to bring their pets to Chapel on Friday, October 4, at 8:00 a.m. for the Blessing of the Animals honoring the Feast of St. Francis.Students with pets should wait with their pets in the cloister/front circle until the chapel doors open. Then they can walk down the aisle with their pets for the blessing and exit out the side door back to the front circle (at which point I know most of those beatific pets are whisked away by Mom and Dad!). Pets cannot stay on campus for the day, I'm afraid.

Not everyone's pet will make it, so we encourage students to print out a photo of their pet, or even just put their pet's name on a piece of paper, and put the paper on the main altar some time before Tuesday morning, to be blessed after the service is over. We especially encourage any student who has lost a pet to make sure that a photo or name is included in this way in the blessing.


Global News


Through our Program Partner, Envoys, we are pleased to offer three options for programs for international students over the Thanksgiving break who may not be traveling home. This year they are:
  • Skiing in Colorado
  • Environmental Conservation in Baja, California
  • University Life in Boston
Envoys builds in excursions, time for studying and relaxing, group-building activities, and meaningful inquiry around the program themes including visits to NGOs, universities, and opportunities for fun and adventure. Information about the Thanksgiving programs is available here.

Please contact. Dr. Appell-Warren with any questions.


Athletic News


Team of the Week: Varsity Girls' Soccer
The girls' varsity soccer team started the 2019 season with two non-league wins last week. On Wednesday, the Lions hosted Pomfret on Thayer Field. Grace Gibbons '20 found the back of the net after an Emma Simon '21 pass in the first half of the match. Pomfret fought back and scored the equalizer in the second half, tying the game at 1-1. With less than 14 minutes remaining in the game, Gibbons beat her defender and found Carlisle Brush '23 in the box, who scored the game-winner for St. Mark's.

On Saturday, St. Mark's traveled to Dexter Southfield for another non-league matchup. Despite a new turf field and a first-half downpour, the Lions fought hard the entire game and were able to capitalize on several opportunities, winning 3-1. Gibbons scored two goals and added one assist in the victory. Brush scored one goal, while Payton Kober '20 and Tess Barrett '21 added one assist each.

Student-Athlete of the Week: Judy Xie '23
Third Former Judy Xie led the girls' varsity cross country team to their first win of the season last Saturday (23-33) against St. George's. This was Xie's first individual win in a high school race. Last Saturday was a great start to the season for the girls' cross country team. The Lions are looking forward to another home race this weekend.

Highlights:
  • Girls' varsity soccer defeated Pomfret 2-1 and Southfield 3-1.
  • Boys' varsity soccer tied Cushing 0-0.
  • Boys' varsity cross country defeated St. George's 16-47.
  • Boys' JV cross country defeated St. George's 15-50.
  • Girls' varsity cross country defeated St. George's 23-33.
  • Girls' JV cross country defeated St. George's 15-50.

Home Games on Saturday, September 21:
  • 2:30 Varsity field hockey vs. Middlesex
  • 2:30 Boys' varsity soccer vs. Middlesex
  • 2:30 Boys' JV soccer vs. Middlesex
  • 2:30 Girls' varsity soccer vs. Middlesex
  • 2:30 Girls' JV soccer vs. Middlesex
  • 3:00 Girls' JV cross country vs. St. Paul's
  • 3:30 Boys' JV cross country vs. St. Paul's, Belmont Hill
  • 3:45 JV field hockey vs. Middlesex
  • 4:00 Girls' varsity cross country vs. St. Paul's
  • 4:30 Boys' varsity cross country vs. St. Paul's, Belmont Hill


Vacation Transportation 2019-2020


$100 each way to Connecticut/N.Y.
$35 each way to Logan Airport (charged to Lion Card)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Connecticut/New York Bus
12:30 p.m. departure (Chaperone: Marion Donovan)
From the St. Mark's Athletic Center, the bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 12:30 p.m., arriving at the Milford, Conn., service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 2:30 p.m. It will then stop at McDonald's (Darien, Conn., Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 4:30 p.m. The bus will then continue into New York 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at approximately 6:15 p.m., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Minivan to Logan Airport
12:30 p.m. departure from Athletic Center (Chaperone: Neil Cifuentes)

Monday, December 2, 2019

Return to St. Mark's
A bus will leave New York's Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at 1:00 p.m., next stopping on1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to McDonald's on Rt. 95N (between Exits 12/13) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to the service station in Milford, Conn., (past Exit 41) at approximately 4:00 p.m., returning to St. Mark's at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Minivan pickup from Logan airport 6:00 p.m. (Neil Cifuentes)

Friday, December 20, 2019

Connecticut/New York Bus
9:00 a.m. departure (Chaperone: Marion Donovan)
From the St. Mark's Athletic Center, the bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 9:00 a.m., arriving at the Milford, Conn., highway service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 11:00 a.m. It will then stop at McDonald's (Darien, Conn., Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 1:00 p.m. It will then continue into New York 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Minivan to Logan airport
9:00 a.m. departure from Athletic Center (Chaperone: Neil Cifuentes)

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Return to St. Mark's
Connecticut/New York Bus (Chaperone: Neil Ciefuentes)
A bus will leave New York's Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at 1:00 p.m., next stopping on 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to McDonald's on Rt. 95N (between Exits 12/13) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to the service station in Milford, Conn., (past Exit 41) at approximately 4:00 p.m., returning to St. Mark's at approximately 6:00 p.m. Minivan pickup at Logan airport 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 7

Connecticut/New York Bus
9:00 a.m. departure
From the St. Mark's Athletic Center, the bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 9:00 a.m., arriving at the Milford, Conn., highway service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 11:00 a.m. It will then stop at McDonald's (Darien, Conn., Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 1:00 p.m. It will then continue into New York 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Minivan to Logan airport
9:00 a.m. departure from Athletic Center

Monday, March 23

Return to St. Mark's

A bus will leave New York's Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at 1:00 p.m., stopping on 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to McDonald's on Rt. 95N (between Exits 12/13) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to the service station in Milford, Conn., (past Exit 41) at approximately 4:00 p.m., returning to St. Mark's at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Minivan pickup from Logan airport
6:00 p.m. (Neil Cifuentes)


Parents Association News


Volunteers Needed for Annual Fund Team and October 21 Phonathon
St. Mark's finished the 2018-2019 Annual Fund year strong, thanks in great part to the amazing support of our parents! Overall the School raised $2,297,004, including $847,093 from parents, and achieved a record-setting 88 percent parent participation! THANK YOU to all who contributed, and to our Annual Fund volunteers for calling and emailing fellow parents to encourage participation.

Building on the Annual Fund's success last year, we've set our sights on raising $2.4 million and achieving 90 percent parent participation in 2019-2020. To achieve this, we'll need everyone's support! Mike Pellini, P'20, will again serve as the Annual Fund Parent Chair and work closely with Form Chairs and the Form volunteers. We are currently seeking a parent volunteer to chair the IV Form Annual Fund team and lead a small group of returning volunteers.

We also need volunteers in all Forms to participate as phonathon callers. Our first parent phonathon this year is Monday, October 21. We'll be calling current families to discuss their gifts or commitments. We look forward to speaking with you about your gift! This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow parents in your Form while supporting our incredible school. It's a fun event on campus with great camaraderie and even a little friendly competition among callers. Please email Annie Pfaff in the Advancement Office at anniepfaff@stmarksschool.org if you can help.

Form Potlucks
Each year, the Parents' Association coordinates potluck gatherings for each Form in the fall and spring. We are seeking III, V, and VI Form parents who would be willing to host a fall potluck gathering at their home. If you enjoy connecting with other parents and live relatively close to Southborough, please consider hosting a future gathering of 'your' Form. Please contact Michelle Davis at St.MarksPA@gmail.com with questions or to volunteer.

IV Form Parents, please save the date! The IV Form fall potluck will be held on Friday, November 22 at the home of Gwen and Larry Bloch, P'22. An invitation with link to RSVP will be sent via eVite in the coming weeks.

Parents, Faculty and Staff Book Group
Our first book group meeting will be Wednesday, October 2, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 248/Center Conference Room in the Main Building. No RSVP or pre-registration is required. The meeting format is drop-in. This is a social and informal meeting, with the next month's book title selection determined at the close of each meeting by group consensus. Meetings occur on the first Wednesday of each month (subject to change). Please join us for good discourse and camaraderie with others in the St. Mark's community.

Book selections for this summer/early fall, which will be discussed at the first meeting, are:

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (the St. Mark's All-School Summer Reading Book)

You don't have to have read all of the above books to attend! Email Joanne Flathers P'15, '19, '21, '21 at joanne@flathersfamily.net or Laurie Kalapinski, Admission Coordinator, at lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org with questions or comments, or if you want to be added to the group's email distribution list.